Drama serial Cheekh is doing really well right now. In the 5th episode, Wajih (Bilal Abbas) confesses to Mannat (Saba Qamar) that it is he indeed who had invited Nayaab to the roof. Gasp.
The story so far:
Nayaab is a young poor girl. She has a stepmother named Shamsa and her father, Ramzan, is an older, financially weaker man. Nayab’s stepmother disapproves of everything Nayab does and treats her like a slave. Nayab is friends with Mannat, a young woman who wasn’t as rich but got married to Shayan, a young man working/studying abroad. Mannat lives with her in-laws. Her sister in law, Haya is about to get married.
Her younger brother in law is Wajih, an eligible bachelor that Mannat wants Nayab to marry. Wajih likes Nayab and Haya also approves. Haya gives Nayab a pair of earrings which Haya’s mother wanted Wajih’s wife-to-be to have before Haya’s mother died. On the night of Haya’s engagement/mehndi (or something), Nayaab goes to Haya and Mannat’s house. As the fun is happening on the floor as everyone is dancing, Nayab disappears for a while.
Suddenly, Nayab falls from the top of the house to the floor.
She is rushed to the hospital where it is found out that she had been sexually assaulted and in the recent episode’s end, Nayab dies. The police wants to fire an FIR against Yawar via Ramzan but Yawar strongarms Ramzan through offering to pay for his daughter’s hospital fee. Nayab’s last words before dying were “Tell Mannat Raja is an animal/wolf” and “Wajih”. Mannat’s goes through a conflict and she confronts Wajih.
Wajih names his friend Raja but Raja has an alibi. Mannat faces Wajih again and he confesses to her that he did indeed call her upstairs on the roof. He attempted to attack her physically but she moved away from him, after which he hit her. To Mannat, he rants that he has never been refused by any girl in his life that is why Nayab’s refusal really got to him.
Review, episode 05:
What this episode, that is episode 05 of Cheekh, captures perfectly is male entitlement. Wajih’s rant about his entitlement and how Bilal Abbas has executed it is quite a sight to behold.
Wajih speaks the language of many men who have assaulted women just to say no to them.
Saba Qamar’s performance as the broken sister-in-law in the face of what she actually heard was absolutely flawless. Badar Mehmood’s use of shadows was also brilliant.
Overall, Cheekh is one of those well-executed dramas that do well because all the corners of the story and the cast have been upheld well. Badar Mehmood’s earlier work Mubarak Ho Beti Hui Hai have also resonated with the masses and Cheekh is definitely a genre-changer but it works completely.
We can’t wait to find out what happens next!